A toolkit for healthcare staff has been published by the National Tracheostomy Safety Project (NTSP) in collaboration with the AHSN Network and the National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to support healthcare staff who are looking after patients with tracheostomies.
The number of patients requiring relatively prolonged ventilatory support in Intensive Care Units due to COVID-19 has led to increased numbers of patients requiring tracheostomies, which are used to help wean some patients from respiratory support. The toolkit provides information, practical resources and links to useful online training videos and websites.
Primarily the toolkit is for hospital staff. However, much of the material is also applicable to primary and community care settings.
Webinar: Tracheostomy in the COVID era
This webinar, organised by the Intensive Care Society and featuring the NTSP and AHSN Network, included discussion of the new toolkit. You can watch a recording of the webinar and download more resources here.
Bedside guide: routine tracheostomy care
The Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors group has published a fast response guide intended for use by healthcare staff who have been assigned to care for patients with tracheostomies. You can download the bedside guide here, which contains a set of easy-to-use action cards that support the NTSP toolkit.
Follow this link for more information on patient safety during COVID-19.